The University of Alcalá de Henares is a relatively young institution, founded in 1977, but located in one of the most important cities in Spain during the Roman Empire. In the recent years the University has expanded acquiring several buildings with rich archeological ruins. The Iberoamerican Art Museum is located in the Cisneros building, an old military building at the historic city center of Alcalá.
The exhibition design considers the context and constraints of previous interventions in the building as a starting point, allowing the cohabitation of the different historical elements. The design is understood then as one additional layer within these different architectural interventions in time: from its Christian foundations to the following expansions until it became a military headquarters, and to the contemporary renovation into the Iberoamerican Museum of Art of the University.
The design proposes a geometry that serves both to articulate the perimeter of the gallery room—providing additional linear feet for paintings—and to create alternative exhibition surface at the center of the gallery. This articulation offers also a different dialogue between the art work and leads the movement of the user in the gallery space.
The project consists of a movable and flexible system that multiplies the display configuration throughout the year. A slim and light metal triangular structure presents a minimum solid surface—obtaining a maximum exposure of the background layers—and reduces the footprint taking into consideration the archeological ruins.
Exhibition Design at the Iberoamerican Art Museum of Alcalá de Henares University
Team: Alejandra Navarrete Llopis and Jaime Yndurain Llopis (Exhibition Designers)
2015 - 2017 Under Construction
Alcalá de Henares, Madrid
1. Images of the module's prototype.
2. Interior elevation of the gallery space with exhibition design.
3. Models with possible configurations of the exhibition modules.
4. Plan with distribution for first exhibition.
5. Axonometric view of the exhibition modules at center of the gallery space.
6. Axonometric view of the exhibition module at the perimeter of the gallery space.
All diagrams, drawings and images by Alejandra Navarrete Llopis and Jaime Yndurain Llopis.